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Wednesday, 10 February 2016 12:01

Edge Mom: Risk vs. reward

Sometimes you learn things about yourself that are disturbing. I had such a lesson during last week's vicious snow storm. It was nasty out, the roads were horrendous, accidents everywhere you looked. But when the event I had lined up babysitters for was cancelled, I was bummed.

Despite all the odds, I still wanted to be able to go out, and I was mad. Not mad at perfectly reasonable people for doing perfectly reasonable things, like cancelling a performance due to nasty weather. I was mad at the weather personified. I'm aware that the weather is not a person you should really get mad at. But that didn't stop me.

Published in Edge Staff Mom
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 11:18

Time Waster (02-10-2016)

Kongregate's Best Games of 2015

These weekly wastes of precious time are incredibly fun for me to seek out and enjoy long enough to put forth a decent review, whether that involves playing games, watching a YouTube series or finding that odd webpage.

One of my favorite Flash game sites is Kongregate. Some people don't like to play games on sites I do. For me, playing on my work computer, when I play on a site like Kongregate, Armor Games or NewGrounds, I feel more secure. Additionally, they have meta-games. You can earn points, level up, get badges and, in the case of Kongregate, Kongpanions little pets that are cute. A game about playing games is nothing new. But Kongregate took it a new level with their Best of 2015, encouraging players to fill in badges they may have missed last year at the beginning of this one.

Published in Time Waster Weekly
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 11:48

Criminal Mischief - (02-03-2016)

Taxi driver robbed at gunpoint

BANGOR Police are searching for information on a couple who reportedly robbed a taxi driver on Sunday.

On Jan. 31 around 8:45 p.m., a driver for Dick's Taxicab Company reported that he had been robbed at gunpoint in downtown Bangor.

The suspects are described as one male and one female, both appearing to be white. The male was in possession of a handgun. Both suspects were dressed in dark winter-type coats, with the hood of the female's coat trimmed with fur.

There was a physical struggle between the driver and the male suspect, and the victim was injured. The injury does not appear to be serious.

Published in Criminal Mischief
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 11:17

Edge Mom: Theories of relativity

Time is weird when you're a parent. There are times usually when there is fighting or crying - when time seems to stretch out and last forever. That witching hour before bedtime when no one can behave can feel like a miserable eternity. And on the other side of the spectrum it can seem like yesterday when they were just wee bundles, swaddled and blankets and having that amazing 'new baby' smell.

And now, with the kids in school it's a whole new level of weird time. On the one hand, the weeks seem to fly by. I get up at 4:50 a.m. to get lunches made, backpacks packed and at least locate the majority of items needed to get out the door (hats, mittens, snow pants, boots, coats plus shoes for indoors). Technically, I don't have to get up that early. I've proven this on days where I slept through the alarm. But it's also when I do some room cleaning, then sit and relax for 20 minutes before the rush.

Published in Edge Staff Mom
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 09:46

Jim C Hines Revisionary

Jim C. Hines talks fantasy, fandom and fatherhood

Jim C. Hines's "Revisionary" ($26, Daw) hit shelves this week, bringing the final installment of his Ex Libris series. Fans of the series rejoin Isaac Vainia and his companions Lena and Nihidi as they deal with the fallout of the world coming violently to terms with the idea of magic and magic users.

Not only does Hines have an excellent grasp of characterization, all of his characters are brimming with humor, anger and a vibrancy that easily connects with the audience. Partly it's the characters themselves, but it's also part of the rich world he's created. Yes, it's built around the real world - but the problems that crop up around poorly thought out legislation and terrorist attacks that leave citizens in turns terrified and vengeful.

Hines deftly balances humor, gritty realism and a sense of whimsy and dread no mean feat when any one of those things could make the stories feel overwrought or bleed it of its gravity, but he deftly avoids those pitfalls. Hines proves himself to be a master of his craft with this latest book. Once you start, you will be rocketed forward and unable to stop.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 09:11

Time Waster (02-03-2016)

Small Worlds'

There is too much noise.

-'Small Worlds'

This is a short and beautiful pixel exploration game. Your character is nothing more than a sprite, so things are so zoomed in they seem blocky and distorted. As you explore, the camera zooms out to give you a better view on the world, and things come into focus.

Published in Time Waster Weekly
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 21:02

Time Waster (01-27-2016)

Make Me Pulse'

If you're feeling blue, sometimes you need something anything - to re-center you. Well, that's what this week's Time Waster is. Visit 2016.makemepulse.com, and just follow the instructions. If you can listen to the music.

Published in Time Waster Weekly
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 20:55

Catching up (01-27-2016)

Over the weekend I saw 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' which allowed me to pick up my nearly-revoked nerd card and continue on my merry way as a happy geek don't worry, just in case there is still someone out there who hasn't seen it, there will be no spoilers here. But it was awesome. I cried entirely too much at points where you aren't necessarily supposed to cry like the opening credits. But whatever.

This is also the soonest I've seen a new release since the kids were born. It hadn't even hit the second run yet. Well, it probably would have if it had been any other movie. But it wasn't. It was still playing everywhere. That's another point in my favor.

Published in Edge Staff Mom
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 20:53

Criminal Mischief - (01-27-2016)

Two-for-one-warrants

BANGOR Officers doing warrant checks ended up arresting two after recognizing one of the pair from a previous incident.

On Jan. 24, around 9:55 p.m., Officers Jordan Perry and Evan Haskell were working on actively locating persons with active warrants. They received information that Brian Carlisle, 30, of Bangor was staying at an address on Griffin Road. When they arrived, he answered the door dressed in a towel. Officers confirmed he had an active warrant and he would need to get dressed. Police offered to escort him upstairs to dress or said someone from upstairs could furnish him with clothing.

Carlisle called upstairs to someone named Jasmine and informed her he was under arrest and that he needed clothing. Someone from upstairs pushed clothing down the stairs, but did not actually descend.

Published in Criminal Mischief
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 20:29

Winging It (01-27-2016)

Area restaurants chime in on classic Super Bowl staple

For many, the Super Bowl is a big deal (though it may be less of a big deal now that the Pats are out). But for some (present company included), the biggest Football event of the season is less about the game and more about food and the commercials.

One food stands out above the rest as a Super Bowl staple and that is chicken wings bone-in or boneless (also known as chicken tenders), typically fried and smothered in various sauces to become something greater than a simple piece of chicken. It becomes the centerpiece of an American event.

Published in Cover Story
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